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Nominations for the bi-annual Agriculture Hall of Fame are now closed and will re-open in early 2024.
The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame was created in 1951 to recognize individuals on a biennial cycle who have made significant contributions to the agriculture and food industry and to the development and sustainability of rural life in Alberta.
Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development ceremonially inducts up to 3 individuals every 2 years. The Selection Panel is appointed by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development and is comprised of a cross-section of panellists representing Alberta's agriculture industry.
Individuals, who have demonstrated leadership in farm, rural or commodity organizations, or in the food industry, are eligible for the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Leadership must have been demonstrated over many years at the provincial level, and the candidate must have made a significant province-wide impact on the industry as a whole.
A candidate must be nominated by 3 individuals other than members of the candidate's immediate family.
Nominators may submit a nomination on behalf of an organization or independently as individuals.
Information provided in the nomination form must stand on its own, and is the primary document used for evaluating candidates.
In addition to the completed nomination form, 3 letters of recommendation should be provided with letters not exceeding 2 pages each.
Additional information is not required nor encouraged.
2020 Hall inductees
Walter Paszkowski was born and raised in Sexsmith. He was the youngest of 3 children, born to hard-working Polish pioneers who chose Canada to pursue their dreams of freedom, safety and opportunity. Paszkowski’s deep roots in agriculture shaped the course of his future. He was instrumental in laying the foundation for the modern canola industry in Western Canada. His championing of canola as a viable crop for Alberta farmers was central to its rise in significance and importance as one of the key economic drivers of our agriculture sector today. In 2011, Paszkowski was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence – read his biography here.
David Price has been an innovator and visionary in swine genetics, production, processing and marketing for more than 50 years. As founder, past-president and director of the Sunterra Group of Companies, his leadership was integral to building a fully integrated family-run food company with top-quality pork and a true farm-to-fork business model. His ability to see opportunities, but not compromise on quality or service, was a critical pillar to the company’s success. Price’s contribution to the advancement and expansion of pig breeding and marketing in Alberta and across Canada laid the groundwork for future producers’ success.
With a strong commitment to the farming community and a keen interest in modern, up-to-date farming practices, George Visser has been a leader in the agricultural community since the 1970s. Visser could see that specializing in commodities would be important and led the way by setting up a 130-sow farrow-to-finish operation and a 5,000 laying hen operation on his farm. Others followed suit and, during the 1980s, the Neerlandia region became one of the most concentrated hog production areas in Alberta. Visser was instrumental in giving producers in Alberta a unified voice during his tenure on the Alberta Agriculture Products Marketing Council.
A list of Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame inductees since 1951 is also available.
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